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Preparing Nonsterile and Sterile Hazardous Compounds in an Institutional Setting

Author(s):  McElhiney Linda F

Issue:  Jul/Aug 2009 - Homone Replacement Therapy
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Abstract:  All healthcare facilities are different, and there are no comprehensive guidelines or United States Pharmacopeial standards that will address all of a facility’s needs. All physicians and healthcare professionals at a facility need to work together and rely on credible published guidelines, state and federal regulations, and their own professional judgment, experience, and common sense to create their own comprehensive program for handling hazardous drugs and chemicals. Some of the subjects discussed in this article as they pertain to the preparation of nonsterile and sterile hazardous compounds in an institutional setting are personnel and training; establishing policies and procedures; environmental issues; decontamination, deactivation, and disinfecting; and containment and disposal.

Related Keywords: Linda F. McElhiney, PharmD, RPh, hazardous drugs, hazardous chemicals, pharmacy staff training, occupational exposure, pharmacy contaminants, compounded sterile preparations, United States Pharmacopeia Chapter <797>, USP, standards, policies and procedures, environmental contamination, engineering controls, containment, personal protective equipment, spill management, drug labeling and storage, drug transport

Related Categories: ENVIRONMENTAL , SOPs, STERILE PREPARATIONS, QUALITY CONTROL, UNITED STATES PHARMACOPEIA CONVENTIONS, PROFESSIONAL ISSUES, HAZARDOUS DRUGS

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